Montclair Romps Over Columbia Cougars 42-0

C. J. Ibezim (#23) squares up against a Montclair receiver late in the first half. Credits: Adam Stiles
Senior Maki Berry, with his parents, is recognized during the Columbia High School football game on Friday. Credits: Malika Berry
Josh Nijman (#72) poses with his mother and a CHS football coach during a halftime ceremony honoring seniors. Credits: Adam Stiles
Eriq Royal (#17) with his parents during a halftime ceremony honoring seniors. Credits: Adam Stiles
The seniors from the cheerleading squad pose for a picture. Credits: Adam Stiles

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Montclair continued their undefeated season as they handed Columbia a 42-0 loss Friday night at Underhill Field.

Junior quarterback Elijah Robinson threw for three touchdown passes and added one more score on the ground to lead the Mounties. Jahmille Campbell had a 20-yard touchdown scamper and Tyler Riley added another rushing touchdown to round out the scoring for Montclair.

On senior night and the season finale for Columbia, there were some notable absences. Head coach Dave Curtin was out of state attending to a family emergency. Defensive coordinator Lees Blanc handled the head coaching duties in Curtin’s absence. Also missing was starting running back Kiambu Jones who was injured two weeks ago in a game against West Orange.

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Senior Martino Pasteur saw most of the action at running back as Jones’ replacement. In the final game of his Columbia career, Pasteur took the opening carry of the second-half for a memorable 70-yard run to the Mountie 13-yard line. Later in the drive, facing a third-down situation, receiver Donte Rolley made a beautiful catch in the corner of the end-zone, but it was ruled incomplete on the grounds that Rolley was unable to come down in bounds. It was the closest the Cougars would come all night to the end zone.

Montclair improved to 8-0 on the season and have already clinched the top seed of their section for the upcoming state playoffs. On Friday night, the Mounties looked relaxed and well-disciplined, moving the ball with ease and keeping the Cougars off the scoreboard.

Columbia finishes the year with a disappointing 1-8 record while the Mounties will begin to get ready for their first-round state playoff matchup next Saturday at Woodman Field with an undetermined opponent.  

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated to include another photo.

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